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2 Reasons Bank Lobbyists Have Such Success Swaying Congress

If you’ve ever wondered why financial reform has been rather slow, look to the lobbyists. Full story

NYC mayoral hopeful Weiner stays in race despite new lewd messages

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on Tuesday vowed to stay in the race despite admitting sending sexually explicit messages and photos to women even after the online sex chat scandal that cost him his congressional seat. Full story

Business groups push U.S. Congress to prevent import tax hike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Business groups are pushing the U.S. Congress to pass legislation in the next nine days to prevent tariffs from rising on auto parts, tires, jewelry and other goods from developing countries under a trade benefits program that expires on July 31. Full story

Prosecutors seek forfeiture of homes owned by Jesse Jackson Jr.

(Reuters) - Prosecutors asked a federal judge on Friday to allow two houses owned by disgraced former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife to be subject to forfeiture, ahead of the couple's sentencing next week. Full story

Why the best hope for gun control lies at the state, local level

   Mayor R.T. Rybak, D-Minneapolis,  joins Martin Bashir to explain that the hope for gun control may not rest upon a dilatory U.S. Congress, but states across the country signing new controls into law.

Bernanke to deliver semi-annual testimony to Congress July 17-18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver his semi-annual testimony to the U.S. Congress on July 17 and 18, a congressional aide said on Thursday. Full story

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Problem is not inflation but fiscal stalemate: Fed's Fisher

Special interests defend breaks in report on tax overhaul

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Germany, Italy protest at U.S. axing of missile defense funding

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  Longest-serving Congressional member reflects on career

Rep. John Dingell will break the record for serving in U.S. Congress longer than any other member. He sat down with The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd to reflect on his time in office and give his thoughts on President Obama.

  What more women in Congress means for America

Nia Malika Henderson, political reporter for The Washington Post, joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel to discuss how more and more women are now serving in the U.S. Congress.

  The week begins

Bill Wolff, executive producer of the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Monday’s show – we’ve got the latest on what’s going on in Gaza and how the U.S. Congress wants to handle the conflict, with some insight from the one and only Frank Rich on the show tonight; plus, an update on President O

  Women in politics

Angela Zimmann, a candidate for U.S. Congress in Ohio, joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about the growing need for more female representation on Capitol Hill.

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